Capitol Notes There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.
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There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.

Most Recent Episodes

Capitol Notes: Gridlock Already In Madison?

New Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, is locking horns with Republicans in the state Legislature. In the last week, Evers rejected GOP plans for a middle class tax cut, and to guarantee health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Republicans said they'd stand in Evers' way if he tries to expand Medicaid coverage. Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers say they want to work off a base budget in coming months, rather than consider the biennial budget that Evers will propose this winter. We

Capitol Notes: Lame Duck Lawsuit, Evers & GOP Prepare For Talks

New Gov. Tony Evers got some help last week when a coalition of liberal-leaning groups filed a lawsuit which, if successful, would benefit him. The suit seeks to overturn the laws Republican lawmakers approved last month that limit the Democratic governor's powers. The suit argues that GOP lawmakers illegally convened the lame duck session according to a joint rule, which doesn't have the force of law. Evers and other Democrats have blasted the lame duck bills, yet Evers predicted that outside

Capitol Notes: Tony Evers Faces Challenges As Inauguration Day Dawns

Today is Inauguration Day in Wisconsin, and Tony Evers will be sworn-in as governor. The Democrat defeated Republican Incumbent Scott Walker last November. Evers' term could be marked by gridlock as he battles a Republican-led legislature, which has already taken steps to limit his power. For this week's "Capitol Notes," WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, about the other challenges Evers will face in the first few months of his tenure.

Capitol Notes: A Look Ahead To Political Stories of 2019

In this New Year's edition of "Capitol Notes," we look ahead to the stories that'll likely top the headlines in 2019. It begins with next week's inauguration of Democrat Tony Evers as governor. Evers narrowly defeated Republican Scott Walker in the November midterm election. Evers campaigned on promises to expand Medicaid, cut the prison population in half and pour an additional $1.4 billion in the public schools. But, Evers will likely run into roadblocks, trying to get the initiatives through

Capitol Notes: Top Political Stories Of 2018

For our "Capitol Notes" conversation today, we're going to examine the year in politics. Probably the biggest story of 2018 — Republican Gov. Scott Walker narrowly lost his bid for a third term to Democratic challenger Tony Evers. For eight years, Walker and the Republican legislature had free reign to enact major policy changes, such as Act 10, Voter ID and concealed carry. Walker survived a recall attempt over Act 10 and then easily won a second term in 2014. But this time, voters wanted a

Capitol Notes: Evers' First Cabinet Picks; GOP Leader's Comments on Budget

Often, political news slows as the holidays approach. But that hasn't been the case this year. Democratic Governor-Elect Tony Evers has been busy announcing his first cabinet picks. Republican legislative leaders have been busy responding to the announcements. In this week's Capitol Notes, JR Ross of Wispolitics.com talks about the latest developments. Ross points out that GOP leaders immediately complained about Evers' first four cabinet choices. All are from Milwaukee. But Evers ended last

Capitol Notes: Evers' First Cabinet Picks; GOP Leader's Comments on Budget

Capitol Notes: Why Did Gov. Scott Walker Leave Lame-Duck Legislation Intact?

Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed the lame-duck bills into law late last week. The measures weaken the powers of Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers. In addition, the legislation limits early voting to no more than two weeks before an election. Attorneys for a coalition of liberal groups asked a federal judge Monday to block the early voting restrictions. Walker signed the measures without issuing any vetoes. In this week's "Capitol Notes," WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com

Capitol Notes: Why Did Gov. Scott Walker Leave Lame-Duck Legislation Intact?

Capitol Notes: What Could Influence Walker's Decision Whether To Sign Lame-Duck Bills?

The legislative lame duck session dominated the news last week. The Republican-controlled legislature passed a sweeping package of bills designed to weaken the powers of Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers and incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul. Now, many eyes are on Republican Gov. Walker to see if he'll sign the measures. Walker is being pressured by people on both sides of the aisle, not to sign the legislation and to think about his legacy. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's

Capitol Notes: What Could Influence Walker's Decision Whether To Sign Lame-Duck Bills?

Capitol Notes: WI GOP Considering "Monumental" Changes in How State Government Operates

Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature released plans late Friday for bills they'll take up this week. Lawmakers are going into session to consider limiting the power of Democratic Governor-Elect Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-Elect Josh Kaul. JR Ross of Wispolitics.com weighs in on the measures for this week's Capitol Notes. He says if the proposals are approved, the changes would be a very big deal. "The central theme to all of this is the Legislature – these Republicans

Capitol Notes: WI GOP Considering "Monumental" Changes in How State Government Operates

Capitol Notes: The Curious Timing of Schimel's Judgeship Appointment

Last week saw more fallout from the Nov. 6 election. Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel decided not to seek a recount in the race that he narrowly lost, to Democratic challenger Josh Kaul. The next day, outgoing Gov. Scott Walker appointed Schimel to the post of Waukesha County Circuit Judge. Some legislative Democrats decried the move, calling it "backscratching." In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, what he thought of the

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